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Nevada Connections Academy Lighthouse Connections Academy - Advisory Teacher, 2020-21 School Year (Term of Project) in Troy, Michigan

Description

School Summary

Lighthouse Connections Academy (LCA) is a tuition-free virtual public charter school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan. LCA is authorized by Oxford Community Schools and governed by an independent Board of Directors. The school contracts with Connections Education LLC to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Working from our office in Troy, Michigan, or your home office, the Advisory Teacher will virtually assist students and parents/learning coaches with course selection, scheduling and will be the initial point of contact for student concerns that span multiple subject areas as well as non-academic issues. The Advisory Teacher will become an expert on course and credit requirements and will work with the School Counselor to establish counseling processes for elementary and middle school students.

The Advisory Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Make Welcome Calls to new students and keep grade level teachers informed when new students are enrolled into their courses;

  • Monitor grade level escalation, including contacts and participation.

  • Monitor attendance, including communicating with caretaker regarding attendance expectations, and making attendance adjustments as necessary;

  • Advise students and families related to academics, career planning and graduation;

  • Assist students and parents with school course selection process according to specific state credit and graduation requirements and student needs and interests. An integral part of this process is assisting students and parents to develop a Four Year Plan for meeting graduation requirements;

  • Advise students with issues related to dropping courses and changing schedules, seeking support as needed, while ensuring that the school’s course selection and drop policies are adhered to;

  • Work with the administrative assistants to obtain school records from the student’s previous school (where applicable) and forwarding student records when appropriate;

  • Work with school teams to identify and help families access school and community resources;

  • Monitor truancy for assigned grade level;

  • Assist with Academic Plans;

  • Implement programs for students and families related to interpersonal adjustment issues;

  • Participate in the development of crisis prevention and management plans for the school and serve as a key member of the Student Support Team (SST);

  • Help identify students who are “at risk” or “in crisis”; Act as the main point of contact for these students and families, communicating regularly with them;

  • Oversee and maintain the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each student;

  • Implement efforts to secure complete and accurate records for Connections Academy students;

  • Support families through the school withdrawal process, assisting with data collection regarding withdrawal;

  • Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards. Stay abreast of all state regulations relating to incident reporting and documentation;

  • Assist teachers when students enroll mid-semester, making sure that teachers receive guidance on integrating the students into their coursework, and ensuring that previous grades, credits, and evaluations are handled appropriately;

  • Assume teaching and grading duties as necessary including teaching middle school elective courses;

  • Advise students and families related to academics, career planning and graduation;

  • Support professional development activities for teachers and school staff members;

  • Assist with proctoring for required state tests. Monitor state testing participation for assigned grade level. Assist with student contacts/confirmation regarding state testing;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Based on potential student enrollment changes, this position will work until the end of the 2020-2021 school year as an Advisory Teacher. At that time, the school and department leadership will evaluate the status of this position and could extend it for the following school year if they deem it necessary. Full time positions are eligible for most employee benefits, including medical, dental and vision.

Requirements

  • Michigan teacher certification preferred

  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Highly organized and punctual

  • Customer focused approach

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

  • High degree of flexibility

  • Team player with demonstrated leadership skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment

  • Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)

  • Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families

  • Ability to work remotely, if necessary

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